A new style of Gym Bag
I’m collecting a wonderful bunch of clients who keep me on my toes with their bespoke requests. It’s a very welcome distraction from all the dusting and hoovering I ought to be doing as I’m diverted into trawling the web for quirky, unusual and sometimes bizarre fabrics.
One of my more interesting recent commissions was for a Gym Bag inspired by the wondrous kitsch of the 1980s. It had to be reminiscent of Olivia Newton John at the very zenith of her sweat band prowess and emanate more than a whiff of leg warmer madness. Working alongside the wondrous Natalie we hit upon combining a showerproof Neon pink with grey dots lining. The resulting bag tips a nod in the direction of ONJs sweat band with it’s elasticated bottle holder and just in case you’re not getting the vibe full on, the pocket for membership cards reminds you of the ultimate aerobics hit.
From this day forward let this Gym Bag design be called ‘The Natalie’.
Since it was first created the ‘Natalie’ bag has been created in a range of new guises. I’ve produced bags in this style as gym bags, shopping totes, book bags, and bags to accompany clients on trips to Norway or strolling in London Parks. Originally these bags were made in showerproof laminated cotton with cotton linings. In response to bespoke requests I’ve also made them as beach bags in brightly coloured deckchair fabric. My personal favourite was designed for use on a beach and has a waterproof lining to transport swimming costumes and towels whilst the bag remains pristine.